Write an Introduction

Using the prewriting and writing techniques you know from Unit 1, write an introductory paragraph for your essay for this unit. The topic is:

"How does my selected activity or characteristic affect success in an Internet-based college course?"

But first, make sure you’re ready to succeed. Online learning can sound so wonderful that some students start with an unrealistic vision. In reality, online courses require just as much, if not more, time and energy as traditional classroom courses. It also requires specific computer skills and learning strategies in order to succeed.
To see if you’re ready, see how many items of the following skills you have:

  1. persistence
  2. Effective Time-Management Skills
  3. Effective and Appropriate Communication Skills
  4. Basic Technical Skills
  5. Reading and Writing Skills
  6. Motivation and Independence

As a 55 year old woman with children in college, going back to college myself didn’t seem realistic. It seemed that “ship had sailed”. Every now and then I would get an email from TESU and I finally decided to apply. To my surprise, they were so helpful and all of my credits were accepted. I am now on my way to getting my bachelor’s degree and have begun by enrolling in one online class. Now, the biggest challenge is time management. Since I’m juggling home, family, work and now school, it will take excellent time management skills to be successful.


Before a student can succeed in an online course, the student should plan and assess if online schooling is truly for them. It is the year 2020, and much of the world is gripped with a worldwide pandemic which has forced shutdowns, quarantines, and limited capacity in closed spaces. For students, most are almost forced to adapt into an online learning environment and must do so fast. Covid-19 took the world by storm, so whether you are one of the millions of students who have no choice but to go with an online route, are on a hybrid online-classroom schedule, or want to be part of history-in-the-making, the following tips may be helpful to be successful in the online learning environment.